“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” – Jesus (Matthew 12:40)
Jesus is referring to this story from the Old Testament:
“Jonah was in the belly three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17)
So for this reason, Jesus must be buried for three days. Yet, The Book of Jonah is a known plagiarism of Gilgamesh, a work of non-religious fiction from 1800 BCE which depicts a seafaring torment followed by a similar plant experience along the shore.
“I must build my house of bricks so the big bad wolf won’t huff and puff and blow it down” (The Three Little Pigs)
Why can’t Jesus be fiction, too?